Commercial Solar Blog

If you’re a commercial business with a large plot of land or your location’s roof gets plenty of sun, should you install solar right now? Based on sunlight potential and state policies, there are several particularly favorable markets right now in the U.S. for commercial solar installations.

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Bolstering our case that commercial solar continues to expand even as direct subsides fade into the sunset, last week the California Public Utilities Commission released its annual progress report on the California Solar Initiative (CSI), showing huge growth across the state. Key findings:

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Most of us are familiar with the benefits solar power has on the environment and our electricity bills, but we don’t often stress the benefits of solar on the economy – and, more specifically, the job market.

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REC Solar is excited to be part of the SwitchEnergy Project, and its new film, which is screening from the U.S. to Australia this summer.

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What About the Subsidy?

Posted by REC Solar on June 24, 2013

“My house is solar powered. I tell Republicans, you can hate the subsidies – I hate the subsidies too – but you can’t hate solar panels. These are rocks that make electricity, so they are incapable of receiving your hate.”
– Rep. Thomas Massie (R-Kentucky)

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Time for a Solar Scavenger Hunt

Posted by REC Solar on June 12, 2013

With gigawatts of commercial and residential solar electric systems now online, solar is sprouting all over the U.S. This is a fantastic phenomenon – not only because record amounts of clean, solar energy are being used to power homes and businesses across the state, but also because the best solar marketers are happy solar customers.

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Community solar is a hugely-interesting and dynamic area of solar policy in 2013. Where they exist, such programs offer significantly-expanded access to clean energy’s many benefits. No roof required.

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The Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA) and Greentech Media todayrec_solar_seia-gtm-report-confirms-record released the annual “U.S. Solar Market Insight: Year-in-Review,” showing record levels of solar demand. U.S. businesses, homeowners, and utilities installed 3,313 megawatts of solar in 2012, representing 76% annual growth over the prior year. Cumulatively, more than 300,000 solar electric systems are today online in the U.S. Other key facts:

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It’s tax time. Time to meet with your tax preparer and tally up with the man. A good time also to review one of the key benefits of residential and commercial solar – the federal solar Investment Tax Credit (ITC) – which allows solar owners to take a credit against their federal tax liability equal to 30% of the qualifying costs of the solar electric system.

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REC Solar has now built more than 9,000 solar electric systems across the U.S. totaling 143 megawatts. Last year alone our company built more than 50 megawatts of solar in 15 states. These are impressive numbers, but might not mean much to those unfamiliar with solar’s terminology. What is a megawatt, anyway?

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